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Steven Pinker, Enlightenment Now : On reading writers you might not like

Steven Pinker, a bone fide factual juggernaut On a random walk through London last year, I stopped at a lovely bookshop and splurged on a handful of random titles that piqued my interest. One was a little book. A transcript of a Canadian debate between Steven Pinker and Matt Ridley on one side and Alain […]

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Dancing directly with the holy terror of death

Ever since teaching a course on the Buddhist four reminders in February this year, I’ve been dancing with the holy terror around death. I chant the Four Reminders every morning as part of my practice and those earthy Tibetan phrases push my nose into the terrific aspects of being alive. (Terrific being the adjective from terror […]

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Bob Thurman on the state of the world:

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We cannot blame the massive subliminal despair and defeatism we harbour about sustaining our lives on this planet just on some greedy petro-capitalists and corrupt politicians, while failing to look at ourselves and our crippling worldview that prevents us from controlling ourselves and thereby controlling them.

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“To see is to love”

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“To see with the eyes in not to see. To see with the mind is not to see. The only way we truly see things is to love them. What we don’t love, we don’t see.”

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SURRENDER

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“Surrender also means acknowledging the raw, rugged, clumsy, and shocking qualities of one’s ego, acknowledging them and surrendering them as well. Generally, we find it very difficult to give out and surrender our raw and rugged qualities of ego. Although we may hate ourselves, at the same time we find our self-hatred a kind of […]

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On freezing time and the light on Seaford Head

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Another sunny Spring day fades away in Newhaven. And I see it: I am happy when the sun is shining and there is daylight but I get edgy when it dims. When I’m in Brazil, I always find it unbearable that the sun drops like a rock at six o’clock every day. No twilight, no […]

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Urizen & le Train-Train

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I spend most of yesterday having cups of tea and meals with different people, talking about the desire to break free of the humdrum patterns of life and the hypnotic compulsion of ‘to-do’ lists. How to unwind the daily grind – what the French concisely call “le train-train”. It’s only three weeks since I came […]

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Kay Ryan #1

Imagine a train-track figure made of sliver over sliver of between-car vision, each slice too brief to add detail or deepen: that could be a hat if it’s a person if it’s a person if it’s a person. Just the same scant information timed to supplant the same scant information. KAY RYAN, Train-Track Figure I […]

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